|Institutions||University of Tennessee
Louisiana State University
University of Miami
|Doctoral advisor||Steven Green|
Vladimir Dinets is a zoologist and author, known for his studies of Crocodilian behavior and of numerous rare animals in remote parts of the world, as well as for popular writings in Russian and English.
Dinets was interested in zoology from an early age, and was a winner of all-USSR Student Biology Olympics at Moscow State University. However, due to his Jewish ancestry, he was unofficially banned from entering that university, and obtained a master's degree in biological engineering from Moscow State Institute of Radio-engineering Electronics and Automation. In 1997 Dinets emigrated to the United States, and in 2011 obtained a Ph.D from University of Miami (adviser Steven Green). Dinets maintains a popular bilingual blog on LiveJournal, and a website with a number of illustrated essays on biology, conservation and travel.
- Dinets' early zoological studies were conducted in remote areas of the USSR, China and South America; he also participated in a number of conservation projects in Russia, Mongolia, Israel and Peru. In 1992 he solved the mystery of the ability of rock ptarmigans to winter on Arctic islands in total darkness: they survive by feeding on rich vegetation on sea cliffs where seabird colonies are located in summer.
- In 1996-1999 Dinets conducted a study of international trade in endangered insects and consulted the governments of Nepal and Sikkim on the issue, providing a set of recommendations for improving anti-poaching and anti-traffic control.
- In 2000-2005 Dinets participated in studies of marine mammals, as well as the natural circulation of plague on the Great Plains (at University of Colorado) and Sin Nombre hantavirus in the American Southwest (at the University of New Mexico). He also conducted a number of solo expeditions in North America, South America, Asia and Africa, and studied a few species of birds and mammals never before observed by scientists, such as bay cat on Borneo and woolly flying squirrel in the mountains of Pakistan.
- In 2005-2013 Dinets conducted a comparative study of social behavior of Crocodilians, working in 26 countries. In 2005 he discovered "alligator dances". By 2010 he elucidated the roles of many signals used by Crocodilians, and proposed their possible evolutionary history. In 2009-2013 he documented the ability of crocodiles and alligators to use coordination and role separation during cooperative hunting and to use sticks as lures for hunting birds looking for nesting material. He also conducted the first scientific study of play behavior in crocodilians.
- In 2011 Dinets took part in WWF expedition to Vietnam to study saola, and became the first zoologist to find and photograph saola tracks in the wild.
- In 2012-2013 Dinets was a Research Associate at Louisiana State University, working on whooping crane reintroduction to Louisiana and studying behavioral ecology.
- Since 2011 Dinets is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, where he is studying behavioral ecology and its applications to conservation. His most recent study was on predicting the effects of possible invasions of brood parasites from Eurasia into North America.
- In 1993-1997 Dinets wrote a number of books about travel that remain popular in Russia.
- Volumes of Encyclopedia of Russian Nature series, Actual Biology Fund, 26,000 copies published: A. Beme, A. Cherenkov, V. Dinets, V. Flint. Birds of Russia (1995); V. Dinets, E. Rotshild. Mammals of Russia (1997); V. Dinets, E. Rotshild. Domestic Animals, 1998.
- J. Newell (ed.) The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development. Daniel & Daniel Publishers (2004).
- V. Dinets. Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations  Arcade Publishing (2013).
- V. Dinets. Finding Mammals. (Peterson Field Guides series). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015).
- G. Burghardt, V. Dinets, S. M. Doody. Reptile Social Behavior. In press, Johns Hopkins University Press.
- V. Dinets. Wildlife Spectacles. In press, Timber Press
- Archive of Moscow State University student biological olympics (in Russian)
- Dinets, V. Farewell, My Empire! AVP, Moscow, 1998, 220 pp. (in Russian)
- Vladimir Dinets CV
- Dinets, V. Winter ecology of willow and rock ptarmigans at the northern limit of their range. Ornitologia 29: 326-327 (in Russian with English summary)
- Chasing butterfly poachers
- Dinets, V. Shadows around a lamp. Arguments and Facts, December 19, 2001 (in Russian)
- Rodents of the Plains
- Dinets, V. First Photo of a Bay Cat in the Wild. IUCN/SSC Cat News 38: 5.
- Dinets, V. Observations of the woolly flying squirrel Eupetaurus cinereus in Pakistan. Mammalia 75(3): 277-280.
- Dinets, V. Nocturnal behavior of American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in the wild during the mating season. Herpetological Bulletin 111: 4-11.
- Dinets, V. Effects of aquatic habitat continuity on signal composition in crocodilians. Animal Behavior 82(2): 191-201.
- Dinets, V. The role of Habitat in Crocodilian Communication
- Dinets, V. Coordination and collaboration in cooperatively hunting crocodilians. Ethology Ecology & Evolution DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2014.915432.
- Dinets, V., Brueggen, J. & Brueggen, J. Crocodilians use tools for hunting. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 27: 74-78
- [Animal Behavior & Cognition 2: 49-55]
- Dinets, V. Tracking the mystery animal. Vokrug Sveta 2012(2) (in Russian)
- Dinets, V. Crane dances as play behavior. Ibis 155: 424-425
- Dinets, V. Predation on amphibians and reptiles by reintroduced whooping cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana. American Midland Naturalist 175:135-138
- Burghardt GM, Dinets V & Murphy JB. 2014. Highly repetitive object play in a cichlid fish (Tropheus duboisi). Ethology DOI: 10.1111/eth.12312
- Dinets, V. Can interrupting cultural transmission be beneficial? The Condor 117:624-628
- Dinets, V. Trogloxeny in Caucasian parsley frog, Pelodytes caucasicus. Herpetological Review 133:31-32
- Dinets, V., Samaš, P., Croston, R., Grim, T., Hauber, M. E. Predicting the responses of native songbirds to trans-oceanic invasions by brood parasites. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:244-251
- Academy of Free Travel (in Russian)
- ABF books catalog (in Russian)
- J. Newell (ed.) The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development. ISBN 978-1880284759
- V. Dinets Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations. ISBN 978-1611458930